Office 97 Tips

Put Art In Your Charts

Want to add an impressive background to an Excel bar or line chart? The option exists, and the effects can be stunning:

  1. Right-click the plot area (the part behind the data points), and select Format Plot Area.
  2. Under the Patterns tab, click the Fill Effects button, and experiment with the options under the Gradient, Texture, and Patterns tabs. You can even import a photograph or other graphic under the Picture tab.
  3. Once you've gotten the desired effect, click OK twice.

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